With the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours, it is pretty safe to say that the long awaited monsoons have finally made their presence felt.
Yesterday, as the heavens opened up, people were seen coming out of their homes to enjoy the rains at the coast. While around 40 trees collapsed in the city, water logging was seen at some locations due to the high tide.
It was raining continuously in varying amounts across the city yesterday, with Santacruz recording 47 mm of rainfall as compared to 13 mm in Colaba. According to the BMC’s data, the average rainfall from 8 am to 5.30 pm was 10 mm in the south, 18 mm in the western suburbs and 42 mm in eastern suburbs.
“There have been no reports of any kind of a mishap in the city. We have been keeping a watch on the weather as well as the city. We have already sent an alert to all necessary facilitators,” said Mahesh Narvekar, BMC’s chief disaster management officer. There were reports of falling trees in Tardeo, Nagpada and Mulund, but no one was injured.
V K Rajeev, director of IMD (western region) said, “It is official that the monsoons have arrived in the city and the conditions would prevail for the next 48 hours. The civic body has sent an alert to all 24 ward officers and Fire Brigade.
Forecast for next 48 hours
Sporadic rainfall would occur in parts of city and suburbs. Heavy rain may occur at one or two places. Maximum and Minimum temperatures would be around 30° C and 24° C respectively.
Four boys were pulled in by the current at Silver Beach in Juhu, out of which three were rescued by lifeguards. The Fire Brigade has not disclosed their identities as the fourth boy was yet to be found at the time of going to press.